DC Comics editor Eddie Berganza fired amid sexual assault allegations

Entertainment Weekly reports that the comic book company suspended Berganza on Saturday in the wake of a BuzzFeed report that featured accusations by several women.

"Warner Bros and DC Entertainment have terminated the employment of DC Comics Group Editor Eddie Berganza", DC Entertainment said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. Cartoonist Joan Hilty said Berganza kissed and groped her at McGee's in the early 2000s.

Black Hammer writer Jeff Lemire also tweeted: "I love DC Comics and their characters and love working with them, but Eddie Berganza should have been fired a long time ago". Before he was sacked, he was overseeing Dark Knights: Metal, a special series that is reportedly one of DC's biggest-selling titles now.

The New York office had a reputation within the industry as being a hard place for women to work under Berganza.

Though neither Marsham nor Hilty reported Berganza to their supervisors or to HR after these incidents, they both, along with at least three other DC employees including Asselin, went to HR as a group with their concerns in 2010, when Berganza was being considered for the role of executive editor. Later that evening, she alleged, he tried to grope her.

She said of the incident: 'At the time I was so terrified that this would affect myself or my partner's prospects in comics, anxious it would jeopardise either of our careers'. She said working for him would feel "scuzzy and scary". "There will be a prompt and yet careful review into next steps as it relates to the allegations against him, and the concerns our talent, employees and fans have shared". In 2012, DC announced that Berganza's job was being changed to group editor, as he was seemingly replaced by newly-appointed Editorial Director Bobbi Chase.

Berganza has not yet commented on the allegations or his suspension and eventual firing. "While we can not comment on specific personnel matters, DC takes allegations of discrimination and harassment very seriously, promptly investigates reports of misconduct and disciplines those who violate our standards and policies". But for the victims, as well as the larger crowd of women who are noted to have avoided work at DC because of the well-known threat of Berganza, this will hopefully be a fresh start.

Vanessa Coleman

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